Starpack Awards 1960

We've been delving into the archives to find the winners of the very first Starpack awards back in 1960.
Professor Roderick Smith

On track – talking to Professor Roderick Smith

Materials World magazine
A long-time proponent of high-speed rail in the UK, Professor Roderick Smith of Imperial College London is passionate about showing people how engineering can improve their lives.
A cylinder coated with Hardide

Coating titanium

Materials World magazine
A process for imparting wear, abrasion and chemical resistance to titanium components has been developed, say researchers at Hardide Coatings, based in Bicester, UK. The Hardide-T coating, made from nanostructured tungsten carbide, is applied using low temperature chemical vapour deposition (CVD).
Woman in hospital bed

Probing multifunctional materials

Flame-retardant coatings and anti-bacterial bedsheets are just two outputs of a pan-European research project to develop multifunctional products from paper and textiles for buildings, transport, health and personal protection.
concept image

Standardising nanotechnologies

Materials World magazine
The views of industry, researchers and the wider materials community are being sought to standardise nanotechnologies. The UK was the first country to set up a national committee for this purpose, which is vital to support commercialisation and market development as well as ensure consumer acceptance.